Before I start up this week I'd
like to make a request of regular and irregular readers of this
column. Over the past few months many of you have been kind
enough to recommend your favorite publication for a review, even
though you're not the author. Thanks much!
Now the request: please continue to send
these recommendations, and please keep
your eye open for good original fiction publications. I'd
like to explore that end of the spectrum more over the next few
weeks and would appreciate any input you might have. Send
suggestions / comments / rants / fluff / beer to email@example.com.
this weeks column, an extremely enjoyable e-zine from
Christopher Locke going by the name of Entropy Gradient
Reversals (EGR) with another nicely unusual short take and a bit
of reader mail..
Review - EGR (Entropy Gradient
Overall - 5|
Content - 5
Writing - 5
Extras - 5
E-zine Description: From the site:
fallacies of the consequent, fallacies of irrelevant conclusion,
reductios ad absurdum, vicious circles, arguments ad hominem, ad
baculum, ad captandum vulgus, bombastic rants &
grandiloquent screeds ad libitum, ad nauseam, ad infinitum and
so much more!
Publication: every once in a blue moon as the spirit moves
Or send a e-mail to:
E-mail Body: subscribe
Christopher Locke - firstname.lastname@example.org
or talk to
the EGR Web Master
When Christopher and his
"royal we" feel like getting around to it, you end up
with a unusual and unexpected column-rant-list of
resources-message of sorts in your in-box. The topics range from
serious political positions to not so serious political
positions to personal anecdotes. Most are hilariously
self-effacing and tend to ramble really well at times. Many
issues are very unusual and stray into the arena of the unwell.
Some are wrappers around reader mail and entirely
self-aggrandizing. A lot of them have a hidden or in-your-face
message. All are worth a read.
If the previous paragraph didn't help
you out as far as a decent content description, my best and only
suggestion would be to visit the EGR site
and waste a few of your precious minutes in a preview.
Quality/Style - 5
If you were
hunting for a publication that was both consistent and rambling
all in one package, you've found it. Well written (and
presumably edited) EGR is easy enough to read without losing any
of the penache that a newsletter like this needs.
Well I have to be honest, any site
that spouts "every once in a blue moon as the spirit moves
us" as their publishing schedule really wasn't looking for
regularity. A 2 isn't so bad though. A 1 generally means that
nothing shows up. (A 0 would probably mean that the publication
comes in a night and steals your e-mail.)
A a stat, I've received 10 mailings in
the last month...
All the standard bits are here of
course. You can't be this grumpy and not get some things right.
The site has all the previous issues and al sorts of other
I'm saddened, in a very strange
way, that I've only subscribed to this exemplary publication for
one month. As I read the first mailer I knew I was hooked. If
you need a periodic distraction Mr. Locke provides an excellent
one. EGR - All Noise - All the Time
Title: The Don Juan Newsletter
Description: The Don Juan Newsletter is delivered via email
every three weeks, and is loaded with simple techniques and
little known secrets for meeting, dating, and attracting
beautiful women. Although suitable for any age, it's
specifically designed to help adult men become more successful
with adult women.
Found this one
by accident and decided to subscribe to it for a possible future
review. I haven't looked at it in detail (sure, sure, sure) but
thought I'd list it as it fits into the category called
different. At first glance it seems to be entirely honest. If
you like it, let me know.
Publication: every three weeks
Send a blank e-mail
message to: email@example.com
Allen Thompson - DJNewslet@aol.com
thought I'd publish a e-mail or two from readers of the column
so you can see if you identify with them...
Todd,Darlene, you raise
an interesting point. It seems to me that people can learn from
any point of view and modify their opinions accordingly. I'd
suggest that being widely read is everyone's greatest defense
against stupidity. Read, even if only to "know thine
your columns over the past few weeks... ... I am
disappointed in you're (sic) willingness to provide
newsletters like Newspeak an award and then provide the same
to a conservative, establishment magazine like the
Economist... ... I would suggest that you are hypocritical
in your reviews and should make a stand for issues that you
Darlene (via e-mail)
(about C-Theory) ...for the life of me, I don't know
where you find these things... but what a jem!!
Golly thanks Mike!
I'll keep trying to provide a very eclectic mix of e-zines for
your reading pleasure.
Mike (via e-mail)